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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 1/29/23
1/30/2023 - By LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. Here are the LGS NHL Power Rankings for this week:

Rank Rank Last Week Team Record Last 10 The Skinny
1 1 38-7-5 6-3-1 And suddenly the Bruins are on a losing streak. There's some bad habits they need to clear up. It is possible they peaked too soon?
2 2 32-9-8 7-1-2 Canes won the Battle of the Big 2 against Boston Sunday after lucking out against the Sharks, but still trail the Bruins by a whole lotta points.
3 3 32-13-4 8-1-1 Streaky Devils have won eight of their last 10 but haven't won a game in regulation since January 14.
4 5 32-15-1 8-2-0 Championship mettle starting to show. TB knows how to gradually ramp up during a long season.
5 6 31-12-8 6-3-1 Don't look now, but the Leafs have a soft schedule after the All-star break. A victory over the Bruins this week and suddenly Toronto could do the impossible: catch the B's.
6 7 29-15-5 6-3-1 Second-year Kraken have ascended to the top of the Pacific Division. The second-year Sharks won 11 games all year and lost 17 in a row at one point.
7 9 27-14-8 6-2-2 14 out of a possible 20 points in their last 10 elevates the Rangers two spots.
8 8 28-13-10 4-2-4 The Stars are suddenly struggling to finish games.
9 11 28-18-4 7-1-2 Oilers win the award for 'Best Moment of the Season' by giving Matt Berlin his NHL moment. Oh yeah, they're also red hot as a team right now too.
10 4 31-19-1 5-5-0 Like a fighter being saved by the bell, the all-star break might just stabilize the suddenly reeling Jets.
11 12 28-18-6 6-4-0 The Kings' stats are not great but they stand in third place in the division and so far Calgary and Edmonton haven't mounted much of a challenge.
12 14 27-18-3 7-3-0 Avs took a flyer on disgruntled former Shark Ryan Merkley but all he's gotten out of it so far is another AHL placement.
13 19 26-19-4 6-2-2 Tage Thompson, Rasmus Dahlin, Alex Tuch, UPL, and Co. look like the team no one would want to play in the first round of the playoffs. Can they get there?
14 13 27-17-4 5-4-1 The Wild are playing like a midfield team. Are they a winner or a loser?
15 10 29-18-4 2-6-2 Injuries threaten to derail yet another campaign. You gotta wonder what deal with the devil did they make for that amazing first season, as it's been heartache after disaster in Vegas since.
16 16 24-17-9 5-3-2 Kadri < Tkachuk. Huberdeau < Gaudreau. 2023 Sutter < 2006 Sutter.
17 17 24-16-9 4-3-3 Kris Letang wins the Masterton trophy. It can't be a contest, can it? Plus, he can still play elite hockey. That's good enough for this week.
18 18 24-22-6 5-3-2 Would the real Panthers please stand up? Are they the team who struggled against Pittsburg and LA, or the one that took down the Bruins?
19 20 24-18-6 6-4-0 Nashville make s alittle noise, but will it be enough to get them into the playoffs.
20 15 26-20-6 4-6-0 If the Caps fall out of the playoff race how do they approach the next few years? Do they load up to support Ovi in his assault on Gretzky, or try to retool/rebuild around him and hope he can do it anyway?
21 22 25-22-5 3-5-2 The Islanders fire the first shot over thw bow of their Eastern Conference foes by landing Bo Horvat.
22 23 21-21-9 5-3-2 Not a bottom 10 team, but their early season misgivings are making it tough for them to climb back into relevance.
23 24 21-19-8 5-4-1 Things are looking more and more like the Wings will be sellers at the deadline.
24 21 23-24-3 4-6-0 Is Craig Binnington a goon or a goalie? He's not doing well in either role.
25 25 23-23-3 5-5-0 A young team learning how to compete and play a full 60 minutes. No consolation for the Sens faithful, but there are hints of better days ahead.
26 26 20-26-4 4-5-1 Young roster was competing hard, but a few season ending trips to the IR should help the Habs make a run at Bedard.
27 29 15-25-11 3-4-3 Sharks embarrassed their fans by blowing a two-goal lead late against the Canes last week but then redeemed themselves the night after in Pittsburgh. Now, we await the fate of Timo Meier. Did signing Tomas Hertl last year mean Meier wouldn't be retained and was that the right choice?
28 27 20-26-3 3-7-0 Team Disfunction keeps finding new ways to lose. That will be enhanced by Bo Horvat's departure, which puts the Canucks back in the Connor Bedard running.
29 28 15-29-4 6-4-0 Surging Blackhawks are still near the bottom of the league standings. A moment of silence for the passing of Bobby Hull, the Golden Jet. 913 goals in 1474 NHL/WHA games. Also, spousal abuse that tarnishes the man and the team.
30 30 16-29-5 4-5-1 I don't know what exactly Trevor Zegras said to Troy Stecher, but I know what it looked like he said. Beyond it being way across the line, Zegras is getting a rap as a punk who never fights his own battles. You have to wonder if eventually he runs out of bodyguards, especially on a Ducks team just putting in time until April. Attention Pat Verbeek: show some humanity and trade goaltender John Gibson to a good team. He's earned it.
31 31 16-28-6 3-6-1 Can you name three things that the Coyotes did this week? Neither can their fan. Yes, singular. Another lost season in the desert.
32 32 15-32-3 3-6-1 Imagine spending $10 Million dollars on Johnny Hockey only to finish worse than last season? Does Gaudreau ever think about all the other places he could be playing?

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